Cool Yule

Hong Kong Tatler - - Editor’s Note -

is the sea­son to be stylish—fa la la la la, la la la la. And who bet­ter to help set the fes­tive fash­ion agenda than 15 of China’s top mod­els. Un­der the sar­to­rial guid­ance of our fash­ion di­rec­torat-large, Jus­tine Lee, and fash­ion ed­i­tor, Rosana Lai, these cat­walk su­per­stars rocked new sea­son de­signs in our al­ter­na­tive Christ­mas fash­ion shoot, The Big Easy.

“Style isn’t al­ways about glitz and glam­our,” Jus­tine told me as she pre­pared for her big­gest shoot of the year. “Dur­ing the Christ­mas party sea­son, it’s easy to get a lit­tle car­ried away with the se­quins and sparkle, but I’m a big be­liever that less is more.” Turn to page 88 to check out Jus­tine’s show­case of un­ex­pected hol­i­day style mod­elled by Hao Ru, He Jing, Jia Li, Gong, Ni Hao­ran and Xie Shen­peng, to name but a few.

That these young main­land mod­els are now in such de­mand by lux­ury brands and fash­ion mag­a­zines around the world is thanks in part to this is­sue’s cover star, Chen Man. The 38-yearold pho­tog­ra­pher was in­stru­men­tal in putting Chi­nese pho­tog­ra­phy and mod­els on the global fash­ion map with her wildly orig­i­nal, cul­tur­ally provoca­tive, at­ten­tion-grab­bing im­ages and post­pro­duc­tion wiz­ardry. In Call­ing the Shots (p.160), she talks to arts and cul­ture ed­i­tor Oliver Giles about us­ing her fame for good and re­veals what might be her big­gest project yet.

We end the year with a look at three hot new lux­ury re­sorts mak­ing waves in Bali—capella Ubud, Como Uma Canggu and Six Senses Uluwatu (p.180)—and Paul Kay gives us the low­down on Won­der­fruit (p.168), an in­no­va­tive art, mu­sic and food fes­ti­val, which takes place in Thai­land this month with a kick­ing line-up that in­cludes drum ’n’ bass pi­o­neer Goldie, Bri­tish elec­tronic mu­sic pro­ducer Night­mares on Wax and tech-house star Craig Richards.

We’ll be back in Jan­uary with our an­nual Asia’s Most Stylish fash­ion shoot, which cel­e­brates the re­gion’s best-dressed women. Un­til then, stay warm, stay cool.

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